May 7. 2016
There is a prevailing (unfounded) belief that man is basically good. This worldview results in foolish proposals, assumptions, decisions, and laws.
If a man basically good, why do we lock our doors? Why do we have safes? Jails and prisons? Why do we have police forces? Why does it take no training at all for kids to exercise terrible behavior? Why do we have government?
You could easily add examples to this line of questioning. Feel free to do so in the comments below.
I present here an unpopular but far more accurate assessment of the state of the heart of man.
10 as it is written: There is no one righteous, not even one. 11 There is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. 12 All have turned away;
all alike have become useless.There is no one who does what is good, not even one.
13 Their throat is an open grave; they deceive with their tongues. Vipers’ venom is under their lips.14 Their mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.
15 Their feet are swift to shed blood; 16 ruin and wretchedness are in their paths,
17 and the path of peace they have not known.
18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.
This is not very warm and fuzzy news, is it?
In the quote above, did you catch the foundational reason for this desolate situation? “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
That’s our problem. We are so proud, we can’t see God, let alone have any reverence whatsoever for Him. We are plagued with problems because few of us have the fear of the Lord.
This is the defining characteristic of our culture – no fear of God
Innumerable negative consequences pour forth.
It wasn’t always such. We couldn’t list all the results from this single characteristic of our culture, but here are a few:
- It emboldens us to increasingly outrageous sin
- It leads to more astoundingly foolish philosophies
- It blurs and hides truth
- In fact, it questions the very existence of truth
- It brings tyranny
- Men become “gods” (albeit really tiny ones)
- Dissipation and hedonism rule
- Laziness and sloth become life values
- Life cheapens
- Feelings of entitlement proliferate
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”
By this measure we haven’t even found the starting gate to wisdom. Professing ourselves wise, we become fools.
All the education available to us will not fix this state of affairs. If you have 10 PhD’s, and have no fear of God, what have you gained? What have you contributed to human-kind?